Thursday, June 7, 2012
How Do You Read?
Do you start at the beginning?
Dive into the middle?
Sneak to the back and check out the last page?
Read several chapters and then hop to the ending?
If I'm reading non fiction, I check the table of contents and skip around, depending on what catches my interest, or how I want to process the info.
Fiction is another story (no pun intended!). I am a strong supporter of the start at the beginning idea. After all, the author is taking the reader on a journey, are they not? There are adventures to savor on the way. I admit, though, occasionally I flip ahead or take a peek at the end.
1) The story is dragging and I want to see if it gets better. If not, I may abandon the book.
2) There are lengthy portions of dialogue or description that don't captivate me.
3) I absolutely, positively, cannot wait to see if a character survives (or is found, is arrested, gets married, or paints a giant mural on the side of the local bank, etc.:) Okay, so this doesn't happen often. I don't read about mural painting main characters much either, for that matter.
The other day, I did jump ahead in an historical fiction I'm reading. Just to make sure that the MC was okay, you know. So I thought it amusing when I spotted this question yesterday at Dear Editor. A frustrated writer asks for feedback on the RIGHT Way To Read a Novel,
I'm curious. How do you read a book? Is there one right way? What do you think?
Have a great weekend,
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